Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2016

51-4194 Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners

Perform precision smoothing, sharpening, polishing, or grinding of metal objects.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
9,550 4.5 % $18.68 $38,860 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $11.21 $13.62 $17.62 $22.53 $27.69
Annual Wage (2) $23,320 $28,320 $36,650 $46,860 $57,590


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,560 0.86 $18.07 $37,590
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,170 1.28 $20.76 $43,180
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 950 0.47 $16.64 $34,620
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing 720 0.20 $17.99 $37,420
Foundries 480 0.40 $16.79 $34,920

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,170 1.28 $20.76 $43,180
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing 1,560 0.86 $18.07 $37,590
Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment (except Automotive and Electronic) Repair and Maintenance 950 0.47 $16.64 $34,620
Foundries 480 0.40 $16.79 $34,920
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing 150 0.39 $17.35 $36,090

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing 310 0.06 $34.03 $70,770
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing 200 0.03 $26.02 $54,130
Hardware Manufacturing 30 0.13 $20.93 $43,530
Sawmills and Wood Preservation 1,170 1.28 $20.76 $43,180
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing 170 0.18 $19.89 $41,380


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 1,290 0.08 1.19 $17.47 $36,350
Ohio 760 0.14 2.09 $18.06 $37,560
Michigan 730 0.17 2.56 $19.00 $39,510
Oregon 590 0.33 4.83 $21.33 $44,360
Illinois 400 0.07 1.01 $19.69 $40,960




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 590 0.33 4.83 $21.33 $44,360
Vermont 80 0.25 3.66 $18.77 $39,050
Michigan 730 0.17 2.56 $19.00 $39,510
Alabama 330 0.17 2.57 $14.71 $30,590
Oklahoma 260 0.16 2.37 $17.63 $36,670




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Washington 380 0.13 1.84 $27.68 $57,580
Oregon 590 0.33 4.83 $21.33 $44,360
New Hampshire 50 0.07 1.08 $20.78 $43,230
Nebraska 40 0.04 0.58 $20.57 $42,780
Georgia 130 0.03 0.47 $20.22 $42,060





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 390 0.33 4.80 $19.44 $40,440
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 370 0.09 1.29 $17.80 $37,020
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 370 0.23 3.44 $14.68 $30,520
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 210 0.21 3.05 $17.25 $35,880
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 210 0.18 2.69 $23.86 $49,640
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 170 0.21 3.03 $19.40 $40,360
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 170 0.05 0.69 $20.22 $42,050
Tulsa, OK 150 0.34 5.05 $19.56 $40,690
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 150 0.09 1.36 $32.94 $68,520
Eugene, OR 110 0.78 11.48 $21.85 $45,450




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Longview, WA 40 1.14 16.70 $25.84 $53,750
Eugene, OR 110 0.78 11.48 $21.85 $45,450
Tuscaloosa, AL 50 0.46 6.72 $16.78 $34,900
Tulsa, OK 150 0.34 5.05 $19.56 $40,690
Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI Metropolitan Division 390 0.33 4.80 $19.44 $40,440
Elkhart-Goshen, IN 40 0.33 4.84 $12.68 $26,370
Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 370 0.23 3.44 $14.68 $30,520
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI 170 0.21 3.03 $19.40 $40,360
Cleveland-Elyria, OH 210 0.21 3.05 $17.25 $35,880
Tacoma-Lakewood, WA Metropolitan Division 60 0.20 2.92 $19.91 $41,420




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett, WA Metropolitan Division 150 0.09 1.36 $32.94 $68,520
Longview, WA 40 1.14 16.70 $25.84 $53,750
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 210 0.18 2.69 $23.86 $49,640
Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, MI Metropolitan Division 40 0.05 0.77 $22.95 $47,750
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 30 0.01 0.17 $22.38 $46,540
Eugene, OR 110 0.78 11.48 $21.85 $45,450
Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN 80 0.08 1.12 $21.46 $44,630
Pittsburgh, PA 90 0.08 1.10 $21.21 $44,120
Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metropolitan Division 170 0.05 0.69 $20.22 $42,050
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 40 0.03 0.40 $20.13 $41,860

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 90 1.39 20.39 $25.36 $52,750
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 90 0.34 5.04 $19.00 $39,520
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.78 11.44 $18.07 $37,590
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.06 15.59 $21.39 $44,490
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 1.25 18.37 $15.39 $32,020

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 90 1.39 20.39 $25.36 $52,750
Northeast Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 1.25 18.37 $15.39 $32,020
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.06 15.59 $21.39 $44,490
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 70 0.78 11.44 $18.07 $37,590
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 40 0.75 11.03 $19.34 $40,230

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southwest Washington nonmetropolitan area 90 1.39 20.39 $25.36 $52,750
South Coast Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.06 15.59 $21.39 $44,490
Central Missouri nonmetropolitan area 30 0.22 3.19 $20.62 $42,900
Southwest Maine nonmetropolitan area 40 0.20 2.92 $20.24 $42,110
South Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 60 0.58 8.48 $20.10 $41,810


About May 2016 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2016 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2016 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2017